I know many of us are really wondering how the school year is going to play out as girls are welcomed into the ranks. Well if my pack is any sort of bellwether then hold onto your seats. Last night was our first pack meeting and we have doubled the size of our pack since the summer. There is evidence that girls also bring their brothers into the program and perhaps that is playing out also. There were so many Bobcats to hand out last night we did them in shifts! The cubmaster announced we are up to 90 Cubs if everyone turns in their paperwork.
Vintage Scout Memorabilia Up First In The HF
Our pack has stand alone female dens now for Wolves, Bears, Webelos and AOL. I also saw in the audience some older sisters that I learned are going to join the Scouts BSA troop that the church is sponsoring when it fires up in 2019. Combined with our AOL den that will cross over that troop will have a solid nucleus of at least ten Scouts to be charter members.
This weekend I'm going on a road trip with my program director to promote Camp Barstow in Ft. Myers and Miami. We will put around 1600 miles on the road and spend long hours behind the wheel. As you may know troops at the very southern part of the state don't have a home resident camp for the summer and these trade shows give camps in neighboring councils an opportunity to pitch their programs.
In preparation for the trip I've been working on a new website that will go live soon. The council has also been creating promotional material that we will use in our booth. Not surprisingly it's a very competitive landscape to recruit troops to attend camps because there is so many good ones between GA, SC and NC.
This morning I'm going to be working hard on getting a bunch of Michigan OA and shoulder strips listed up on eBay. As I go through boxes here in the office that was one I dumped on the sorting table yesterday. I've found it helps my sales by running auctions and constantly adding new material.
This weekend while I'm in Florida my daughter will hopefully be attending her first ever backpacking trip. We have hooked up with a local Girl Scout troop that isn't afraid to go in the outdoors. At the planning meeting we attended earlier in September they put 1/2 dozen camping trips on the calendar.
Yours in Scouting,
Jason Spangler Santeeswapper LLC
In Charlotte, North Carolina I have an antique mall booth that is filled with nothing but Scouting stuff. I call this location my clearance center because I've marked down everything to move. A lot of what you will find there are items that are too bulky to easily ship from an Internet store. The booth is located in The Sleepy Poet which is a well established antique mall on South Blvd in Charlotte. The mall is open 7-days/week year round. So the next time you are in the area come check it out.